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Michael Fletcher Appointed Director Of Sales And Marketing At Hilton Atlanta »

March 30, 2015 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

March 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Michael Fletcher has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Hilton Atlanta, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Atlanta’s convention district and home of the legendary Nicholas Roof with outstanding revolving views of downtown Atlanta. Fletcher will be responsible for the coordination of Hilton Atlanta’s sales and marketing functions, developing and implementing sales and marketing strategies for the 1242-room property.
Strategic and enthusiastic, Fletcher’s background includes more than 17 years of leadership experience overseeing the sales and marketing efforts of full service hotels with up to 1,560 rooms and 160,000 square feet of meeting space...

Marco’s Pizza Scores Major Victory At International Pizza Expo »

March 27, 2015 at 1:42PM PDT | Source: Marco's Pizza
Marco's Pizza Opportunities Available

Nation’s Fastest-Growing Pizza Company Takes Home Silver Prize with Pepperoni Magnifico
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Toledo, OH – Marco’s Pizza, the fastest-growing pizza franchise in the United States, made its debut appearance at the 31st annual International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas from March 23-26 competing in the International Pizza Challenge. Drawing on its quality ingredients, Marco’s Pizza took home the silver prize in the traditional division with its Pepperoni Magnifico – a true testament to its high Italian food standards.
The International Pizza Expo marks the largest pizza show in the world and since the International Pizza Challenge’s inception in 2007, it has grown in size and stature with over 80 entries in each of its categories...

Unique Milkshake Will Make You Jump (And Chirp) For Joy »

March 27, 2015 at 12:25PM PDT | Source: Wayback Burgers
Wayback Burgers Opportunities Available

Wayback Burgers Add New High Protein Milkshake Made with Crickets to Its Menu Nationwide Beginning April 1
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHESHIRE, CT – Wayback Burgers, serving delicious, fresh, never frozen burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes amidst an atmosphere reminiscent of a hometown burger joint, today announced the addition of its newest milkshake flavor: The High Protein Cricket Milkshake. Made with premium vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and high protein cricket powder, The High Protein Cricket Milkshake is masterfully blended to deliver a flavorful milkshake packed with protein and calcium. The High Protein Cricket Milkshake will jump onto the menu at Wayback Burgers locations nationwide beginning April 1 and is available in 22 oz...

Are Your Home’s Air Ducts On Your Spring Cleaning Checklist? »

March 27, 2015 at 11:32AM PDT | Source: SERVPRO®

SERVPRO® offers duct inspection and maintenance guidelines for homeowners.
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Gallatin, TN – Whether you are looking out your window at a blanket of snow or a grove of palm trees, March is the month when spring finally arrives. And traditionally, this is the time when homeowners begin to make a list of spring cleaning chores to prepare for warmer weather ahead. This year, remediation specialist SERVPRO® suggests including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) duct maintenance on your to-do list.
“At the very least, performing some simple maintenance on the ducts in your home will help your HVAC system work at maximum efficiency,” said Sue Steen, Servpro Industries, Inc...

Bajema, Fields To Open Oklahoma's First Pie Five Pizza This Friday »

March 27, 2015 at 11:26AM PDT | Source: Pie Five Pizza Co.

OSU teammates, franchisees will debut trend-setting concept in Stillwater.
DALLAS - March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Pizza lovers in Oklahoma are about to experience an entirely new way of enjoying their favorite meal.
And Stillwater residents will be pleased to know they're first in line, thanks to a pair of former Oklahoma State teammates.
This Friday, March 27, the country's leading fast-casual pizza chain, Pie Five Pizza, will open for business at 10 a.m. at 611 N. Perkins Road, just north of Hall of Fame Ave. in Stillwater. Pie Five CEO Randy Gier, members of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, representatives of the OSU Football Team and others will help welcome the trend-setting eatery. And local radio station KSPI will be on-site from 3 – 5 p...

IHG® Announces Good Progress With Corporate Responsibility Targets »

March 27, 2015 at 11:17AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // London, UK - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has published an update on progress against its 2013-2017 Corporate Responsibility (CR) targets.
First announced in September 2013 to reinforce IHG’s long-term commitment to doing business responsibly, the targets were designed to measure our impact where it has the most influence on improving people’s lives – the environment and local communities. IHG’s progress against its targets has been driven through IHG’s three core CR programmes – IHG Green Engage™ system; IHG® Academy and IHG® Shelter in a Storm.
Richard Solomons, Chief Executive of IHG commented: “At IHG we have the global scale to be able to make a positive impact on the world around us...

New Sears Hometown Store Opens In Longview »

March 27, 2015 at 11:09AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

Local Retailer Offers Top Brand Home Appliances, Lawn and Garden Equipment, Tools, Mattresses and More at Guaranteed Lowest Price
LONGVIEW, Wash. - March 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOS) will open its newest Washington Sears Hometown Store on March 30, 2015 at 1116 15th Avenue in Longview.
The Longview location marks the 11th opening of a new Sears Hometown Store this year and the 13th opening of a new store across all of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores formats. Unlike most retail concepts, Sears Hometown Stores combine the value, selection and services associated with larger retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community.
"There is high consumer demand for top-of-the-line home appliances at a reasonable price, and often times it is very challenging to find a retailer who provides the value," said Glenn Oberdorfer, owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Longview...

New Menchie’s Store In Valencia Gateway Village Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

March 27, 2015 at 8:30AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // VALENCIA, Calif. – Menchie’s, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store in Valencia, CA at 28273 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia, CA 91355. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie’s is sure to become a Valencia favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie’s will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, March 28 to Friday, April 3, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie’s merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt...

Fuddruckers Introduces Apple Pay At Company-Owned Fast Casual Restaurants, »

March 27, 2015 at 8:24AM PDT | Source: Fuddruckers
Fuddruckers Opportunities Available

Offering An Easy, Secure And Private Way To Enjoy The 'World's Greatest Hamburgers'
HOUSTON - March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Seventy-two of Fuddruckers company-owned fast casual restaurants throughout the country are now accepting Apple Pay, a new category of service that transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.
According to Peter Tropoli, Chief Operating Officer of Luby's, Inc., "We're excited to provide Apple Pay, a convenience-oriented technology that pairs perfectly with our award-winning, fast casual fare."
Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you add a credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device...

Luxury Real Estate Agent In The Woodlands Texas Joins Keller Williams Luxury Homes Division »

March 27, 2015 at 8:19AM PDT | Source: Keller Williams Realty

Trey Dean Properties an affiliate of Keller Williams Realty in The Woodland Texas joins Keller Williams Realty Luxury Homes Division.
The Woodlands, Texas (PRWEB) March 27, 2015 - Keller Williams Realty announced today that Trey Dean, a powerful player and luxury home expert in the Woodlands, has joined Keller Williams Realty Luxury Homes Division in The Woodlands and Magnolia office. Trey's expertise in the luxury homes market makes him a perfect fit within the ranks of KW Luxury Homes International.
Trey Dean has been an affiliated with Keller Williams Luxury Homes for several years. In 2014, Trey Dean Properties was selected as a 2014 committee member for GHLHC (Greater Houston Luxury Home Connection). His approach to "boutique style" real estate gives him an edge when it comes to marketing and selling high-end luxury homes...

Primrose Schools Grows Urban Footprint In Metro Atlanta »

March 27, 2015 at 8:08AM PDT | Source: Primrose Schools

Opens 300th school in Brookhaven, plans to open 5 more intown locations by 2016.
March 18, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA (March 18, 2015) – Primrose Schools®, a national high-quality early education and care provider based in Acworth, Ga., is growing its urban footprint in metro Atlanta with the opening of Primrose School of Brookhaven, its 300th school nationwide. The franchise company, which is experiencing record growth, plans to open at least five additional schools in the urban Atlanta area by 2016.
Primrose School of Brookhaven is located in Brookleigh Marketplace – a new mixed-use development near the intersection of Johnson Ferry and Ashford Dunwoody Roads in Brookhaven, Ga., one of intown Atlanta’s newest cities...

Brightway’s Jenny Petersen Named Chapter MVP Of The Network Of Vertafore Users »

March 27, 2015 at 7:24AM PDT | Source: Brightway Insurance

March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Jenny Petersen, systems administration manager at Brightway Insurance, has been voted the Most Valuable Player of the Large Agency Chapter of the Network of Vertafore Users (NetVU). She will be recognized at NetVU15 in Indianapolis today.
Brightway is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country.
Vertafore offers insurance software and services that drive efficiencies and increase profitability.
Petersen formed the Large Agency Chapter of NetVU in 2014 to help other large agencies share best practices on how they use Vertafore products to enhance their business. More than 120 members of the chapter use the forum to problem solve and share best practices...

National Institutes Of Health Report Recommends Alternative Medicine Over Pain Medication »

March 27, 2015 at 5:47AM PDT | Source: The Joint...the chiropractic place

March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Chronic pain is an epidemic that affects an estimated 100 million Americans. Although numerous effective treatments are available, millions of chronic pain sufferers rely on prescription pain medication such as hydrocodone or oxycodone for long-term pain management. While effective for some, many long-term users continue to have moderate to severe pain and diminished quality of life.
A September 2014 report by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that a broader approach which includes alternative medicine may be more effective. The report stressed the need to use a range of progressive treatment that might initially include non-drug related options, such as physical therapy, behavioral therapy, and/or proven alternative medicine approaches (such as chiropractic), later followed by prescription medication if more needs to be done...

RadioShack Statement Regarding Stock Price And Trading Volume »

March 27, 2015 at 5:43AM PDT | Source: RadioShack

FORT WORTH, Texas - March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In light of the trading volume in its common stock at prices in excess of $0.20 per share, RadioShack Corporation today reiterated its belief that there will be no recovery for any equity holder in its pending Chapter 11 proceedings.
Equity holders of a company in Chapter 11 bankruptcy generally receive value only if all claims of a company's secured and unsecured creditors are fully satisfied. RadioShack said it believes that the claims of its secured and unsecured creditors will not be fully satisfied, leading to the conclusion that RadioShack common stock has no value.
Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements, as referenced in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995...

Husband-Wife Team Find Perfect Fit With Showhomes Of Little Rock »

March 27, 2015 at 5:12AM PDT | Source: Showhomes

March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Dana and her husband Mark met at Ouachita Baptist University where they both majored in Mass Communications. Upon graduating, Mark joined the military and moved to California with Dana by his side. Mark was a personnel clerk who worked out of a battalion level office in California. After leaving the service, Mark worked several jobs in the sales industry before settling in Arkansas in 2000 with a job at a telecommunications company as a regional sales manager. Years later, Mark and Dana started their first business, ColdBlast of Arkansas, LLC, an eco-friendly service prep company that did dry ice blasting.
While Mark went out into the workforce Dana stayed home to take care of and homeschool their four children...

Bakery Café Is First In Greenville, Sixth In North Carolina »

March 27, 2015 at 4:42AM PDT | Source: Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Latest to Open as Part of 18-Store Agreement with Rouse Properties
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // Greenville, North Carolina - It’s a childhood staple that’s as American as apple pie, and its mouthwatering aroma has an uncanny way of triggering memories instilled by generations of mothers and grandmothers who know what it means to bake with love.
Fortunately, children of all ages can soon relive their warm memories of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven at the Greenville Mall, thanks to the arrival of a new Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip. The popular bakery café chain will host its official grand opening on Wednesday, March 25.
The celebration will take place from 3 to 5 p...

The Grounds Guys Ranked Fastest-growing Franchise By Entrepreneur Magazine »

March 27, 2015 at 4:21AM PDT | Source: The Grounds Guys

Company recognized for outstanding level of growth.
Waco, TX (PRWEB) March 27, 2015 - The Grounds Guys will finish the first quarter of 2015 with new franchisees and a new award, continuing their award streak from 2014.
Entrepreneur Magazine ranked the four year old landscape company as one of the Top Fastest-Growing Franchises of 2015. “Franchising is all about growth,” Entrepreneur Magazine stated in article featuring the listing. ”It’s the goal of every company and a clear measure of success.
The ranking is determined on the increase in number of open and operating U.S. franchise units from July 31, 2013 to July 31, 2014. The Grounds Guys added approximately 46 new locations in that time period...

CPR Cell Phone Repair Opens A Mobile Device Repair Store On Knoxville’s University Of Tennessee Campus »

March 27, 2015 at 4:18AM PDT | Source: CPR Cell Phone Repair

Independence, OH - March 27, 2015 - (PR.com) - CPR Cell Phone Repair, the largest and fastest growing retail mobile device repair franchise network in North America, is pleased to announce the opening of a new store located on Knoxville’s University of Tennessee campus. Dewayne Holloway is enthusiastically welcomed to CPR’s rapidly expanding network with the opening of his new franchise repair store.
Holloway said, “My background includes extensive experience working with a variety of telecomm carriers and WiFi providers with skills ranging from the implementation of CAD software to mobile mapping and network security. After a 30 year career in the IT arena, I am really excited about my new venture as a CPR franchise owner...

California Pizza Kitchen Turns 30! »

March 27, 2015 at 4:04AM PDT | Source: California Pizza Kitchen

CPK Marks Three Decades of Imaginative, California-Inspired Cuisine with Restaurant Transformations Nationwide
“Taste of the Seasons” Cookbook Celebrates Milestone
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES, CA – California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the pioneer of creative dining with a California vibe, will celebrate its 30th anniversary today Friday, March 27. Since its inception in 1985, CPK fundamentally changed the way people think about pizza and California cuisine.
CPK’s leading edge continues as it transforms restaurants nationwide to create a brand new experience in culinary offerings, hospitality and design. To date, more than 20 pilot restaurants have been transformed including the restaurant’s first ever location on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, CA...

Patrice & Associates Welcomes First Regional Developer »

March 27, 2015 at 3:57AM PDT | Source: Patrice & Associates

Franchising Expert and Leading Casino Industry Professional Joins North America’s Leading Hospitality Recruiting Firm with a Set Focus on Nevada, Colorado and Utah
March 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Patrice & Associates, the country’s leading hospitality industry recruiting firm, announced today the addition of franchising extraordinaire, Michelle Shriver. Bringing more than 20 years of extensive business, marketing and hospitality-related experience to Patrice & Associates, Shriver is the brand’s first regional developer.
“Michelle’s experience in hospitality, coupled with her franchising expertise makes her the perfect regional developer for our brand,” said Patrice Rice, president and founder of Patrice & Associates...



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